Explore the Mind of Bobby Fischer in New 'Pawn Sacrifice' Featurette
"What were you doing - were you spying on me?" A fascinating new featurette has debuted for the film Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as chess prodigy Bobby Fischer. The film is an extensive look at Fischer's time battling Russian rival Boris Spassky in the 70's (read my TIFF review). The featurette looks at Fischer's various problems and paranoia that made him so unique, and made him a bit crazy. There's a great collection of scenes from this intersperse with the explanations of what's going on in his mind. In addition to Maguire, Pawn Sacrifice stars Liev Schreiber, Lily Rabe, Michael Stuhlbarg & Peter Sarsgaard. If you're a chess fan, or Bobby Fischer aficionado, or any of this makes you curious, I recommend this film.
American chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer (Maguire) squares off against his Russian rival Boris Spassky (Schreiber) in the 1972 "Match of the Century" in Reykjavik, in this gripping docudrama from director Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance, Love & Other Drugs) and screenwriter Steven Knight (Eastern Promises). "It was dubbed 'The Match of the Century,' and it drew more worldwide interest than any chess match before or since. The 1972 World Chess Championship between American challenger Bobby Fischer and the USSR's defending champion Boris Spassky would for several weeks turn a chessboard in Reykjavik into a battlefield of Cold War one-upmanship." The film first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Bleecker Street will release Pawn Sacrifice in theaters on September 16th.